We have been ambitious this year. It is always important to be clear about what we are aiming to achieve in terms of learning and teaching as a school over the academic year. This year we have been focussing on full implementation of The Middle Years Programme into year 7 but we have also been concentrating on developing ways to improve our marking and feedback strategies. To this end, we sparked off the year by asking an expert in marking and feedback, Robert Powell, to spend a day with us (before the start of the new academic year) to get the ball rolling which it certainly did. I am hoping that this blog will be followed shortly by some contributions from other teachers about how they are using Robert Powell's ideas in lessons at the moment.